The Flood Songs Project
The 2022 floods were a devastating event that had a profound impact on many communities across the Northern Rivers and beyond. Among many other places, Lismore was hit particularly hard.
As a team of music enthusiasts and industry professionals, we felt a deep sense of responsibility to contribute to the recovery efforts and support the local artists who were affected by the disaster. Our goal was to help alleviate the pain and trauma of those who have been affected by the floods, through music, songwriting and composition.
To achieve this goal, we launched the Flood Songs Project, a unique initiative that aimed to bring together musicians and songwriters from flood-affected areas to create music that reflected their experiences and emotions during the floods.
Over the course of several months, we worked closely with the participating artists to produce a series of original songs that captured the raw emotions and challenges of the affected communities. The resulting music compilation was a powerful demonstration of the resilience and hope that emerged in the aftermath of the floods.
Through the Flood Songs Project, we were able to provide support and encouragement to local artists, while also contributing to the recovery of the music industry in the region. The initiative brought people together through the shared language of music.
Our hope is that by facilitating and allowing a process for transformation into songs, we help unite and heal the community.
Let's turn our pain into melodies. Our trauma into lyrics.
Let's turn our songs into a community compilation.
Let's heal together.
Let's share our stories with the world.
So many people have been affected by the recent floods. Once all the debris is cleared, there'll still be a lot of pain and trauma to be processed.
Everyone has got their own flood story to tell. Some stories are truly terrifying, others tell us about hope and community spirit - all of them are important.
We'd like to invite musicians from the affected areas to put their flood stories into songs. When the time is right, grab your instrument and write a song about your flood story, or about flood stories that have been shared with you.
Up to 10 demos will be chosen by a panel. These songs will be produced by professionals who are donating their services. This includes all recording, mixing, mastering and distribution.
The finished songs will be published under the umbrella of the Flood Songs Compilation. All royalties, profits and donations will go to the songwriters and musicians directly, or to their chosen flood-relief organisation.
Who We Are
Zahlu: "Northern Rivers Rising"
Shelly Brown: "Climate Change Change"
Brett Kelly and that Bloke Guy: "Devil Spits Blood (At The Moon)"
Emma Hamilton: "And Again"
Cheyenne Murphy: "Sameside - Live (acoustic version)"
Koko: "Spirit Of Hope"
Emotion Killer: "The River"
Jan 'Yarn' Muths: Initiator, Recording, Mixing
Saphia Stone: Music Production, Social Media
Andy Stewart (The Mill Studio): Mastering
Nathan Stanborough: Recording, Music Production
Unfortunately, the below streaming services don't pay musicians anywhere near what they deserve. Spotify pays less than $1 for 200 plays. If you want to help our musicians, go to their shows, buy their merch, and stream their music overnight in loop mode (if you have the bandwidth)
The Flood Songs Project has drawn significant media attention, with repeated coverage in newspapers and radio interviews.
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